White was an outstanding defenseman with Team Canada 1972, contributing 1 goal
and 1 assist in seven games played. Not exactly a flashy player, White's
inclusion on the team may have surprised casual hockey fans, but certainly not
White of course counts game eight as his favorite
memory of the series - Henderson's goal and the celebrations. But don't forget
the Canadians had to kill off the final 34 seconds of the game following
Henderson's goal - 34 seconds which felt like an eternity.
Who was put out on the ice to help kill off the
final seconds? Bill White. In fact it was White who relieved the pressure the
Soviets were applying late in the game when he flipped the puck high down the
ice. White's clearing attempt was perfect, as it was not far enough for icing.
That effectively killed off the rest of the game.
White also remembers the switch of referees at
the beginning of the game.
"Somehow I had felt there was a fix in there
with the referees," said White. Swedish referee Uve Dahlberg was supposed
to be one of the two referees, but somehow the Russians kept him out of the game
and forced Canada to play with the incompetent - or perhaps down right biased -
referee Josef Kompalla.
White was impressed by the Soviet's skill and
speed, particularly that of Alexander Maltsev's.